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Student providing legal advice

KU Community Legal Advice Centre

Student providing legal advice

The Centre is currently closed for the summer holidays and will reopen in September.

The Kingston University Community Legal Advice Centre is dedicated to providing free legal advice to individuals, charities, businesses and groups from Kingston and the surrounding areas.

We offer an appointment based one to one advice service and engage in projects with local charities and community groups - assisting local people to overcome legal issues or to help them better understand the law. 

The Centre is run by Law School students allowing them to hone their legal skills whilst providing a valuable service to the community, at a time when Legal Aid cuts are making it harder for people to access legal advice. All appointments, research and advice is carried out by our law students, supported with guidance from our staff, and volunteers from the Kingston legal community.

The Community Legal Advice Centre works with a number of local partners and agencies including Kingston Citizens Advice Bureau, Kingston Information and Advice Alliance and YMCA South West to deliver services and maintain the highest standards. We are also hugely grateful to the local legal professionals and law firms who so kindly volunteer their time to support our Student Advisers in delivering these services.

Our services

Students providing legal adviseAreas of advice we can advise on include:

  • Consumer rights
  • Tenancy/landlord disputes
  • Employment issues
  • Community and charitable ventures

As well as offering a one to one advice service, we also take the service out into the local community, working with charities, community groups and resident associations to help them or their users to consider their legal rights and responsibilities or to tackle any legal issues they might encounter. We would welcome any person or group who might benefit from such a service to get in touch.

At present we do not represent clients in court, but we will try to help you find an organisation that can.

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How it works

  1. Contact us with your legal query leaving a brief summary of your case and a contact number.
  2. One of our student advisers will call you back and ask some more questions about your query.
  3. We will review the details of your case and if it is suitable you will be contacted again and offered an appointment with two of our Student Advisers. If we are not able to assist we will endeavour to put you in touch with an organisation that can.
  4. Attend appointment with our Student Advisers at our Kingston Hill Campus, they will establish the facts of your case and go away and research a recommended course of action. Please note no advice will be given to you at this appointment.
  5. Students will work with a legal professional to research your case and produce a letter of advice detailing our recommended course of action. We will endeavour to ensure this letter will be sent to you within fourteen days of your appointment with our adviser. If deemed necessary a follow up meeting may also be scheduled at this point. If you require advice in a shorter time frame we will unfortunately not be able to assist and suggest contacting another advice agency such as the Kingston Citizens Advice Bureau.

The KU Community Legal Advice Centre adheres to the Kingston University Data Protection Policy which complies with the principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998. All information relating to clients is stored securely and only disclosed to those working directly on the case. It will not be disclosed orally, in writing or otherwise to any other third party without the written authorisation of the client. Client information is stored securely by the clinic for a period of 7 years after the appointment unless the client explicitly requests that such information is destroyed before then.

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Get in touch

If you’d like to know more about our Legal Advice Centre or think we may be able to help you with a legal concern please contact us via email at legaladvice@kingston.ac.uk or call us on 07708 312992.

Please provide your contact details and a brief summary of your legal issue, and one of our student advisers will call you to arrange an appointment.

Please note all visits to the Centre must be by appointment only. The Centre is located at our Kingston Hill campus.

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